Co-founder and head of the American division of Blitz Films, Nikolay “Nick” Sarkisov had completed his studies to become a surgeon when he decided to change career paths and pursue his passion for entertainment.
Nick began working with an independent television producer, Evan Charnov (Chosen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to hone his knowledge.
Nick made his feature directorial debut on Krasny, which went on to receive numerous accolades. Building a solid reputation, Nick was contacted by the STS Channel in Russia to direct an episode of their TV series – The Moon. After just one episode, he was asked to direct the entire series. To date, 30 episodes have been ordered.
Working with Academy Award-winning talent throughout Europe, Nick is currently in post-production on his American directorial debut Embattled with a script written by critically acclaimed writer David McKenna (American History X, Blow, S.W.A.T).
Co-founder and head of the Russian division of Blitz Films, Sergey is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and majority owner of the leading Russian insurance company – RESO, which he started in 1991 with Avtobank and Chupa-Chups.
After 24 years of leading RESO to continued success, in 2015 Sergey decided to follow in his son’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With this objective in mind, he returned to school to obtain a Masters degree in Scriptwriting and Directing from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Sergey depicted this career change in his directorial debut short film, Who Am I?
The following year, Sergey’s short film Floating premiered at the Russian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. Months later, he produced the feature film, Krasny, his son Nikolay’s directorial debut before going on to direct his first film To Paris. He is currently filming the miniseries Evil Touch in Armenia.
After acquiring the rights to The Fixies, an animated series that has over a billion views online and has aired on Russian televisions for over 10 years, they produced the animated feature which was the top-grossing animated feature at the box office during its run.
Using his keen business sense and knowledge of building a leading business from the ground up combined with his passion for entertainment and love for his family – Sergey created Blitz Films with his son Nikolay with the intent to bring story-driven scripts to life.
Sergey is currently developing films and TV series with Academy-Award winning writers, directors and actors including King Lear with Al Pacino.
Head of Production and Development
Eryl Cochran is the Head of Production & Development at Blitz Films, a production and financing company behind film and television series which focus on hard hitting character-driven stories. Blitz Films focuses on pursuing unique stories that engage audiences around the globe and also embraces first-time filmmakers with projects including Show Me What You Got which is directed by acclaimed cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko and Let's Scare Julie to Death a true one-take film directed by first time director, Jud Cremata. The company is also in post-production on Embattled written by David McKenna (American History X), directed by Nikolay Sarkisov and starring Stephen Dorff and in development on a television series called “Sultana,” set during the Ottoman Empire.
Cochran’s development projects include: Daredevil starring Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Garner; Will Eisner’s The Spirit starring Samuel Jackson and Scarlett Johansson; From Prada to Nada starring Camilla Bell and Alexa Vega. Her producing credits include Lionsgate films such as Slaughter starring Lucy Holt and Seconds Apart directed by Antonio Negret.
Cochran previously spent ten years at Op-Ed Pictures where she produced, directed, wrote, and managed worldwide award-winning feature films, television shows and digital content. Prior to Op-Ed Pictures, Cochran served as Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at OddLot Entertainment and Vice President of Production & Development at Aurora Productions.